The Regional Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls, and Yash Kapoor, a sixth grader at Highland School in Crookston, was among the top four who advanced from the 42 spellers in grades five through eight who competed.
All spellers participated in a written round in the morning with the top twenty-four spellers advancing to an oral round in the afternoon.
The Multi-Regional~State Spelling Bee will be held on Feb. 26 in Fergus Falls. In addition to Kapoor, the other three spellers who advance include Riley Flint, grade 7, Bemidji School District; Jordan Skibicki, grade 7, Goodridge School District; and, Paul Rivard, grade 8, Lake of the Woods School District.
The champion speller of the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
Also competing at the regional bee were Crookston seventh grader Cade Salentine, and sixth grader Sam Simmons of Fisher.
The Multi-Region~State Spelling Bee will include Regional Spelling Bee winners from the following Service Cooperative regions: Region 1 & 2 - Northwest Service Cooperative, Thief River Falls; Region 3 - Northeast Service Cooperative, Mt. Iron; Region 4 - Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Fergus Falls; Region 5 - Resource Training & Solutions, St. Cloud; and Regions 6 and 8 - Southwest/West Central Service Cooperatives, Marshall.
The Spelling Bee is a series of competitions for students in grades 5-8 beginning at the classroom level and progressing on to district, region, state and national levels.